Kristi Noem’s supporters are obviously fired up to get out and deliver a strong reelection victory for her.
Republican incumbent Kristi Noem raised $354,677 in the first quarter of 2012 in her bid to retain her seat in Congress, far outpacing her nearest competitor, Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek, who collected more than $168,000 during the same period, the campaigns said Friday.
Noem?s latest fundraising figures give her a wide lead over her two Democratic opponents in South Dakota. Her first-quarter figures bring her total fundraising efforts to almost $1.65 million, including the money she raised last year. She now has $1.18 million in cash remaining in her campaign account.
Both Democrats are well behind Noem’s strong fundraising numbers. The Argus reported that Matt Varilek has raised about $272,000 total since announcing and his primary opponent Jeff Barth raised $9,000 this fundraising quarter with a total haul of $19,000 thus far.
It looks to me that Barth’s campaign is clinging to the hope that Varilek’s money simply represents the Democratic elite’s thinking and not the remnants of the demoralized Democratic base.
With a 14-1 fundraising advantage over Barth, Varilek better hope for a strong primary showing. I’d hate to see him limp out of the June 5th primary. Just the thought of a lackluster primary victory makes me think at some point the behind the scenes party leaders are going to encourage Barth to drop out and get behind the SDDP’s chosen one. They made it clear Herseth Sandlin wasn’t wanted, so why risk letting Barth play spoiler?